Creating a Career and Education Plan

by Tricia Dahlman ~

The career and education landscape is changing. Recent Minnesota legislation now requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan.   10s08jc0086The plan should include these key elements:

  • academic scheduling
  • career exploration
  • career and employment-related skills
  • community partnerships
  • college access
  • all forms of postsecondary training
  • experiential learning opportunities

Most schools already address these areas in a variety of ways. The new legislation is an opportunity to formalize some activities or add new areas to what is already done. The creation of a plan will help engage students by recording what they learned about themselves and their future choices. Continue reading

Minnesota Launches Unique Career Website for ABE Students

by Abbey Lang

Cycling between unemployment and low-paying jobs is an issue that Adult Basic Education (ABE) students often deal with. To help ABE students and other job seekers understand how creating goals positively influences all aspects of one’s life, several Minnesota agencies collaborated to create the MyMnCareers website.


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3 Year-End Resources to Help Career Explorers

by Denise Felder

Warning: Blatant promotion of ISEEK projects ahead — but these make great holiday gifts for the career explorers in your life.


2010 MnCareers

Grab copies of the 2010 edition of MnCareers before they are gone. This award-winning annual publication is your only comprehensive, printed guide to Minnesota job search, education, and career exploration resources. The130-page magazine is easy to use for any student, dislocated worker, or career changer to find job search and training help and direction. The magazine has:


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Favorite Career and Job Sites

by Denise Felder

Update: the voting period for the DOL Challenge is now closed. However, you can still visit the DOL Challenge web site to see how your favorite career or job web sites did in the voting or to view the comments people posted about them.  Thanks for voting!


The good news is: there are a lot of resources available to job seekers on the Internet.  The bad news is: it’s difficult to separate the good Web sites from the less helpful ones.  Search the phrase “job seeker” on Google and you will get about 15,600,000 results.  The phrase “career help” pulls up 223,000,000 Web pages.


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wants you to find the best job board, career information sources, and other online tools that help you find or advance your employment. DOL is compiling a list of online resources though its “DOL Challenge.”

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Looking for a new career field? Try this new online tool.

by Teri Fritsma

Check out this very cool tool, developed by analysts with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, ISEEK and CareerOneStop


You can select your current or previous occupation and then see which other career fields are the closest matches based on skill, knowledge, and ability requirements.  You can even compare your current and prospective occupations to see where your skill gaps might be and where you might need additional training to qualify.


Try the tool, then leave a comment to let us know what you think!